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The Total Money Makeover Audiobook
The Total Money Makeover
Written by: 
Dave Ramsey
Narrated by: 
Dave Ramsey
The Total Money Makeover Audiobook

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

Where Financial Peace gave you the solid saving and investing principles, this book puts those principles into practice. You'll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress, and debt. And that's a beautiful feeling.

©2003 Dave Ramsey; (P)2003 Thomas Nelson Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The strength of this book is that it is a straightforward motivational tool. He provides the brutally direct truth about the hard work it takes to become free of debt, and his directness is a great part of the book's charm." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alexandra 02-11-14
    Alexandra 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This guy makes sense"

    I have business degrees from Wharton (BS) and Stanford (MBA), but like most Americans from middle class backgrounds, I never got much training in personal finance and always felt bewildered by it. I recently listed to The Total Money Makeover for the third time and it clicked. The first two times, I was still in school and had no income, so felt powerless to act on its lessons. Now, with a steady income (and some monstrous student loans) the lessons are relevant, actionable, and empowering.

    Before, I always felt at a loss when it came to budgeting. After re-listening to The Total Money Makeover, I got a second savings account to hold my emergency fund and long-term savings, making it easier to separate between current accounts and short-term savings. Now, I have an Excel spreadsheet with a separate column for each upcoming pay check. I know how much of each paycheck will get immediately transferred into long-term savings (e.g. for a wedding in the fall), how much will go to short-term savings (e.g. for next month's rent), and how much disposable income I have in my current checking account.

    Furthermore, I have a better plan for paying down my debts. If I were to approach this according to the pure net present value financial principles taught in school, I would start with my big student loan (highest interest rate), then my smaller student loan, then my car loan (lowest interest rate). After listening to Ramsey, I'm going to do it in the opposite order. Although that will cost me some in NPV, it means I can pay off my car loan in a few months (freeing up $250 per month in cash flow), and can pay off my smaller student loan in a few years. My larger student loan is the size and duration of a mortgage, and I'll treat it like it's one. If I tried to pay it off first, I wouldn't see any impact on my cash flow for probably 14 years, making it discouraging to try to find extra dollars to put towards paying down debt. Trying this the Ramsey way, I already feel like I'm making progress and am motivated to do more.

    Dave Ramsey is an inspiring speaker. Although his message may come across as simple, in my opinion it does a far better job taking into account human nature than any of the sophisticated financial and economic models I spent so much money learning. I can't recommend this book enough.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Eustis, FL, United States 07-15-12
    Robert Eustis, FL, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2011

    This is a husband wife account. You will see a wide variety of books

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    "Short and Easy Steps"
    Where does The Total Money Makeover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would give a B-. Gets to the point, gives good metaphors and easy to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Total Money Makeover?

    Metaphors used to describe steps or missteps are very memorable and applicable to most people.


    What about Dave Ramsey’s performance did you like?

    Voice and diction were probably best compared to what I have listened. Would expect good performance from professional speaker. Have heard some "funny" start/stops or paragraph breaks on other books. Probably start of new session or after break. Did not hear in Ramsey's performance, however this book is shorter than most. 3+ hours


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying, definitely a few laughs. Mostly found myself quoting excerpts to others.


    Any additional comments?

    Religious overtones and bible quotes throughout book. However quotes in nature of "Saving" money and neither borrowing or lending; giving money OK. People describe me as Agnostic and this did not bother me. All in all good book, great performance. Enjoy

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan 07-16-12
    Amazon Customer Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan 07-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Fear is the mind Killer, so Face Your Fear

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    "maybe the best self help book ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have. I am a financial advisor and every high school kid, anyone who wants to be out of debt, and anyone without 6 months savings should read this book. It teaches real money mangement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The step by step process to financial stability.


    What about Dave Ramsey’s performance did you like?

    He is truly passionate about what he does and is a motivating leader. I do not always agree with him, but he is right when it comes to managing money.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a must read and top ten book of all time for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 12-30-11
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Motivational..."

    Even if you might not adhere to Dave's plan exactly, the idea of slavery to debt and freedom from it are very motivational. I feel like the examples he uses are real life people and he doesn't use terms or language that is reserved for finance professionals. It really is a good, practical plan for getting out of debt via hard work and perseverance. Even though his plan is not the best "mathematically", the point of getting some quick wins by paying off the lowest balance without regard to interest rate is a legitimate point. Honestly, you can hear most of the content of this book in his daily podcasts. I do recommend this book to people.

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Webster Mena, AR, U.S.A. 06-11-12
    Randy Webster Mena, AR, U.S.A. 06-11-12
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    "Do you have debt?"

    Great book showing a simple, common sense, approach to getting free of debt. It's not easy. You'll have to sacrifice and live like nobody else but end the end you will be able to LIVE like nobody else!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to The Total Money Makeover the most enjoyable?

    I appreciate the insight offered in this book. The steps outlined are easy to understand. The scenarios offered were helpful.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul CHANDLER, AZ, United States 04-02-12
    Paul CHANDLER, AZ, United States 04-02-12
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    "Dave Ramsey makes a difference"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but with hesitation. His demeanor is rough in his presentation. I enjoyed it, I needed a good yelling at to get my crap together!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dave Ramsey?

    Of course!! He is brilliantly caring.


    What did you learn from The Total Money Makeover that you would use in your daily life?

    No Credit Cards, Pay Cash!!


    Any additional comments?

    His methods are the real deal. Straight forward and honest. Give it a go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 03-25-05
    Matthew 03-25-05
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    "Brash? Yes. Honest? Absolutely."

    Some people have remarked that they don't like the tone of this book. If the author seems a bit "brash", it's only because he's attempting to highlight the level of insanity with which most people approach personal finance. Take a look around you. The guy you work with who just bought a new Hummer. Your sisters' friend who just moved into a $800,000 home. They must be doing great, right? WRONG.

    The truth is, they're most likely broke. They're high-income, low-net-worth people who are teetering on the edge of complete financial ruin. Rich people, don't do these things!! Well, that is unless they're really really rich.

    This book will change the way you think about money. When I see the guy in the new Mercedes now, I think, "Man, that guy has nothing in the bank". This book will make you proud of your old jalopy. After all, it's better to ACTUALLY BE RICH.

    Most Americans WISH for financial security and DO everything they can to make sure it NEVER happens. I think this is a level of insanity that warrants a brash tone.

    If your ready to get real about your finances, this is the only book you need to read.

    39 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 05-25-12
    Jason United States 05-25-12
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    "Life changing!!!!"

    Listened 10 times an will listen again and again in future and so will you!!!

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    Ralph Montreal, Quebec Canada 10-23-08
    Ralph Montreal, Quebec Canada 10-23-08
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    "Recommended if you are in deep financial trouble"

    this book is really targeted at people with lots of debt and financial problems. Although there are some good tips for everyone, the main focus is on how to get out of debt.

    54 of 75 people found this review helpful
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  • Sifisosami
    wokinghamUnited Kingdom
    1/27/11
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    "Thank you Dave Ramsey"

    This is a quick update to those in need of hope. I wrote a review back in June last year and now wish i could give this book more than 5 stars!!! We are now debt free, thanks to Dave's principles layed out clearly in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    STE MARIE DE GOSSEFrance
    2/4/16
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    "brilliant."

    great advice. strong American biased but the basic plan is sound where ever you live.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • REDMO73
    7/29/16
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    "Great Book"

    Loving this book. Hard Hitting and no nonsense practical way to move forward to Financial Health.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tex
    7/4/16
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    "Great advice"

    Very straight forward advice that anybody can follow and become wealthy get out of debt save for retirement etc.

    The advice is very american-based which is obvious as he is from the US but it translates very easily to the UK so can still be followed.

    I loved the baby steps, so easy to take on board and digest. I admit it would take most people a while to go through all the steps and reach the stage where u get to "live like no one else because u've lived like no one else"but the goal definitely seems worth it.

    highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GudGurl
    Leeds, UK
    4/18/16
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    "A Dull , Dry Topic Brought to Life"

    Well written book about a subject that's easy to procrastinate over. I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stewart
    3/22/16
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    "brilliant"

    really good content. so helpfull.

    only thing id say, is the constant God references kind of discredits it as a factual book. should have left his views out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ioanna
    3/5/16
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    "not for international readers"

    Intended for USA residents only. I didn't enjoy the narration either although I could guess that from the sample. I never finished it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashwin
    2/11/16
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    "Good book"

    This is a very good personal finance book . Simple steps to achieve financial freedom. I would buy other book by Dave and read them definitely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriella
    1/2/16
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    "Really engaging and it makes so much sense!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because I think this book teaches us something about money which todays society doesn't. We don't need to live pay check to pay check and if this book can help me, then why wouldn't I want to help my friends too?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the simplicity of this book. Everything Dave talks about just makes sense. His approach to finance and budgeting your money allows you to take control of your money, not your money controlling you.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Ramsey – was your favourite?

    Dave Ramsey


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't necessarily think this book should be a film. It works well as a book, and I know that they have an adapted version called Financial Peace University for visual effect.


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel like they have more control over their money. Even if just get you thinking, this book will transform your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent from start to finish"

    If you are tired of living life payday after payday and never seeming to have any money then I highly recommend this book.

    It is a tried and tested method that so far has worked wonders for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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